The California Academy of Sciences Throws 21st Annual Ball
Friday, May 5, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (February 22, 2006) – On Friday, May 5, the California Academy of Sciences will host the 21st Annual Academy Ball, “Hot, Hot, Hot,” from 7 pm - midnight. For the third year in a row, the ball will be held at San Francisco ’s City Hall, since the Academy’s temporary museum at 875 Howard Street is not large enough to host such a grand affair. The event will celebrate the HOTSPOT: California on the Edge exhibit, which will run until August 2006.

The magnificent Rotunda and the North and South Light Courts at City Hall will be transformed into an elegant setting for cocktails, champagne, oysters by Swan Oyster Depot, a sushi bar, and hors d’oeuvres. A seated dinner by Dan McCall with wines by Rodney Strong Vineyards will follow in the Rotunda. After dinner, guests may dance either to the Earl Heckscher Orchestra or to the DJ in the HOTSPOT. Appearances by whimsical costumed characters and magicians will provide entertainment throughout the evening. This year, Carmen and Gail Policy will serve as Dinner Committee Chairs, while Mark Gaumond of Ernst & Young will serve as Corporate Chair. Sponsors for the event include Dodge & Cox, Ernst & Young LLP, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and Wells Fargo.

Tickets for this year’s event begin at $400 per person. Tables of 10 are available at $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000. Purchasers of tables or individual tickets of $500 and above will be acknowledged in the dinner program. For further information, please contact the Special Events Office at (415) 321-8149 or email

Calendar and Society Editors Please Note:

: Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
WHAT: The 21st annual Academy ball: Hot, Hot, Hot
WHEN: Friday, May 5, 2006 , 7 pm to midnight
WHERE: 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place , City Hall, San Francisco
COST: Individuals: $400; Tables of 10: $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000


The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $7 for adults, $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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